Camp Javan: FAQ
1. When and where is Camp Javan 2017?
Camp Javan will be held at Whittier College, outside of Los Angeles. Session A will be held July 6th through 11th, and Session B will be held July 21st through July 26th. Campers can choose between Session A and Session B when they apply. Campers cannot attend multiple sessions, and campers that are accepted into a session cannot switch to the other session.
2. How can I register?
Camper applications can be found here:
3. Who will supervise the campers?
In addition to Whittier college's professional staff, campers will be under the direct supervision of IAAB and Camp Staff. Camp Staff consists of active volunteers who are selected through a rigorous application process.
4. What is the cost of camp?
The cost of Camp Javan is $1200. This includes room, board, meals and transportation to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Whittier College.
As part of the application process, IAAB requires that all applicants submit a $400 non-refundable deposit with their Camp Javan application, applied toward their total camp fees. Applicants who do not include this deposit at the time the application is submitted cannot be considered.
5. What does my tuition cover?
Camp location comprises of over 50% of the camp expenses. Our goal is to ensure that all interested students and families will be able to partake in this experience. As such, Camp Javan continuously aims to keep costs affordable for families. We will continue to offer as many scholarships as we can and we will work with individual students to make sure they can make it to Camp Javan.
6. Are tuition stipends available?
IAAB offers a number of need-based tuition stipends, which require a separate application. IAAB also offers a limited number of fellowships, which cover the cost of Camp Javan's tuition. Fellowships are available through the generosity of The HAND Foundation.
7. Will I be able to contact my child/parent during the camp?
Although campers will not be allowed to use cell phones during the day, communication between campers, parents, IAAB Staff and counselors will be open throughout the duration of camp.
8. How are the sleeping quarters arranged?
Campers, counselors, and IAAB Staff will reside in dormitories. Sleeping arrangements will be divided based upon sex and all campers will be under the direct supervision of staff of the same sex. IAAB Staff and Javan counselors actively create a comfortable and familiar atmosphere for campers, particularly since many Javan campers will be away from their families for the first time. Dorms are supervised by college campus safety and IAAB Staff. IAAB takes every precaution available to ensure the safety of campers. Parents are welcome to visit the campus and get to know the IAAB Staff during drop-off and pick-up on the first and last day of the program.
9. Are meals provided?
IAAB will be responsible for all meals and snacks throughout the entire duration of Camp Javan. Campers will receive three meals a day prepared by the college culinary staff, and periodic snacks. Campers with specific culinary needs will be accommodated. We ask that parents discuss healthy food choices as many Javan campers will be making such choices in the cafeteria for every meal on their own for the first time. Please do not send any food with your camper unless previously approved with the IAAB staff. The use of vending machines is prohibited. Energy drinks will be confiscated.
10. Will transportation be provided?
Campers will be responsible for transportation to Los Angeles International Airpot (LAX). IAAB will provide transportation between LAX and the Whittier College. Applicants must select available bus times at the time of their application. If accepted, campers must purchase flights that will ensure their arrival in time for their selected bus time. Families wishing to send their children outside of available bus times can choose to have a local relative or family friend drive the camper to the host college, but only with prior written approval from IAAB staff. IAAB will not accept applicants who will miss any formal Camp Javan programming as it will affect both the overall camp's and camper's experience.
11. What is the camp’s security policy?
IAAB’s educational programs have an immaculate record with regard to camper safety. IAAB Staff takes extra measures to ensure that campers are safe while under the care and supervision of IAAB at Camp Javan. Campers are under direct supervision at all times, and are never alone during camp. All campers reside in single-sex dorm rooms, which are supervised by night-duty staffers and in-residence staff on each dorm floor. Only IAAB, Camp Staff and members of Camp Javan have access to these facilities. Additionally, Campus Security routinely patrols campus buildings and is present on campus 24-hours everyday. Campers are only allowed off-campus in an emergency situation and only when accompanied by an IAAB or Camp Staff member.
12. What does "Javan" mean?
Javan means "youth" in Persian and the name "Camp Ayandeh Javan" speaks to the camp's dual mission of empowering campers with a deeper understanding of culture and identity as youth within the Iranian diaspora, and the confidence and skills to be leaders within their communities. The Iranian diaspora community is diverse and vibrant, a characteristic that Camp Ayandeh Javan represents, embraces, and celebrates.
13. How does Camp Javan's curriculum be different from Camp Ayandeh?
Camp Javan builds on Camp Ayandeh's strengths by focusing on identity, community and leadership. At the same time, Camp Javan emphasizes the specific nuances and potentials of middle school, including social and leadership skills relevant to younger students. IAAB recognizes the specific needs of middle school students differs from that of high school students. As such, the majority of Camp Javan's programming will be conducted separately.
14. How will Camp Javan’s curriculum be different from previous years?
It is IAAB’s goal to ensure that campers return to Camp Javan to learn new skills and gain fresh experiences. We aim to reflect, build and grow after every year and develop a unique curriculum that responds to current issues within our community as they arise. Camper responses in the application as well as prior survey responses from both campers and parents help guide the curriculum as well.
14. Is Camp Javan open to campers and counselors from outside the United States?
Yes. Camp Javan is open to everyone. IAAB is invested in bringing together a diverse group of participants and encourages all interested applicants from around the world to apply for Camp Javan. Although the program is conducted in English, campers, IAAB and Camp Staff will support campers whose primary language is not English. While Camp Javan participants are typically from the United States, Camp Ayandeh has included campers from France, Germany, Turkey and Iran in the past.
15. What if I submit my application but don’t include a deposit? What if I’m applying for a tuition stipend?
Applicants who do not include a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time the application is submitted will not be considered. The only exception is for campers applying for a tuition stipend, in which case IAAB asks that such applicants do not submit a deposit.
If you are applying for a tuition stipend, please do not include a deposit upon submitting both your camper and tuition stipend applications. Your tuition stipend application will be considered on a rolling basis so you should hear back within 2-3 weeks regarding your stipend application.
16. What if I miss a portion of Camp Javan? Can I still attend Camp Javan?
IAAB does not accept applicants who will miss a portion of Camp Javan's formal programming. Campers must arrive by the afternoon of the first day of the program and must not depart any earlier than 12pm of the last day of the program. Campers who will travel outside of the allotted bus times must schedule their own transportation as IAAB's staff is extremely limited. Camp Javan does not have the capacity to accommodate for travel outside of the allotted bus times.
Due to the young age of Camp Javan participants, airlines require that an adult designated prior to the flight picks up Javan campers from the gate in the airport. As such, Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan counselors will be selected by IAAB staff to pick up your child from the gate. Accepted campers' parents will receive details of designated counselors so that they can share it with appropriate airline staff.